Design custom basemaps with the new ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor

We are pleased to announce the release of a new tool available in beta on the ArcGIS for Developers website, the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor. Whether you are a developer, designer, or a GIS professional, this tool gives you a fast and easy way to create a custom basemap style that matches your brand and the type of app that you are building.

How it works

Start by selecting an existing Esri vector basemap (e.g. World Street Map or Light Gray Canvas) and then just begin customizing the layer colors and labels from there. You can edit everything from fill and text symbols to fonts, halos, patterns, transparency, and zoom level visibility. When you are finished, the styles are saved as an item in ArcGIS Online with a unique ID. The Map Viewer or any custom application can then reference the item to display the basemap.

Design Tools

The editor makes styling easy by allowing you to style many layers at once or by allowing you to search for individual layers of interest. Here are some of options available:
  • Quick Edit – select all layers and style them at once
  • Edit by Color – select and replace a color for one or more layers
  • Edit Layer Styles – search for one or more layers to style
  • Layer Editor – click the map or the layer list to perform detailed editing on a layer


Quick Edit

Layer Editor

Try it!

To start customizing a basemap sign into the ArcGIS for Developers website and click “New Basemap Style”. There are also new ArcGIS DevLabs for styling a vector tile basemap and displaying a styled vector basemap in your application. 

For more inspiration visit this showcase of some custom styles we have created.

Feel free to post questions or feedback on the beta on GeoNet.

Have fun making beautiful maps!
ArcGIS for Developers Team

About the authors


Allan Laframboise is a software engineer and documentation lead on the Developer Experience team.

Developer on the Esri Developer Experience team. I focus on the ArcGIS developer tools and technology to help everyone create better apps.


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